Fire Chiefs are not expected to do the right thing. They’re expected to do the best thing. What’s the difference? After every fire an investigation is done to determine the cause of the blaze and to evaluate the decisions made by the Fire Chief. The investigators are not trying to determine if the chief made the RIGHT call. They’re trying to determine if he made the BEST call with the information he had at the time. There will always be more information available at a later date that was not available at the time of the decision.
Never judge past decisions with current information. Always try to make the best decision at the time without worrying if it is the perfect solution. With more and more experience to tap into you’ll be able to make better and better decisions as you go.